They’re our mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, friends and colleagues and they’ve all helped to build, shape and define the country we proudly call home today. In 2011, the Gpvernment of Canada established October 1st as National Seniors Day to “pay tribute to seniors who have helped build our country and continue to make valuable contributions to Canadian communities, workplaces and society.”
From Monday, October 1st through Friday, October 5 VisionTV is celebrating our sensational seniors with special documentaries and Late Great Movies. Meet the British seniors’ singing group Singing for the Brain that re-affirms the deep power of music and how it can transcend the ravages of disease in Wonderland: Alzheimer’s – The Musical. Discover that romance is very much alive and blooming amongst elder Canadians with the heartwarming personal stories told in Love Later in Life. All week long, settle in to catch our Late Great Movies featuring legendary senior stars like Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon and Sophia Loren in Grumpier Old Men, Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt, and the iconic George Burns in Oh, God!, Oh, God! Book II and Oh, God! You Devil.
At noon on National Seniors Day, our ZoomerMedia Limited colleagues at CARP, the 350,000-member advocacy association that works to promote and protect the interests, rights and quality of life for Canadians as they age, will raise the CARP flag in Toronto’s City Hall in Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate National Seniors Day. On hand to participate in the ceremony will be CARP and ZoomerMedia Limited President Moses Znaimer, Toronto City Councillors Adam Vaughan and Josh Matlow, CARP VP Advocacy Susan Eng, CARP VP Community Ross Mayot and the chairs of the four Toronto CARP chapters. CARP chapters across Canada from St. John’s to Victoria will also host their own ceremonies.
This week we invite you to take time to honour and tribute our elder generation, the trails they’ve blazed for all of us and the wisdom, experience and vibrancy they share with all of us. Want some ideas on how to do that? Seniors Canada has a National Seniors Day Celebration Tool Kit packed with great ideas.